The boy was pronounced dead at the scene after falling from a building in East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York (August 29, 2023) A 4-year-old boy tragically died after falling from a fourth-floor building in Brooklyn in East Flatbush.
New York City police officials say the incident occurred around 3:00 p.m. on Monday. The boy fell from the building under unclear circumstances.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene to assist the victim. Despite life-saving measures, the child dies due to the severity of his injuries.
Investigators believe the child may have slipped through the security gate on the window. The full investigation into the incident is still ongoing at this time.
Liability for Brooklyn Window Fall Accidents
Falls are one of the leading causes of serious injury and death to young children. According to one report from Stanford Children’s HospitalMore than 2.2 million children are sent to the emergency room each year for fall-related injuries. the American Academy of Pediatrics Reports indicate that nearly 5,000 children were injured after falling through windows. In particular, falling windows kill nearly 100 people annually. Children under the age of 10 are most at risk of injury when a window falls. Victims of falling windows sustain very serious and costly injuries, including:
- Spinal injuries
- Shoulder dislocation
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Rib fractures
Depending on the unique facts of any situation, there can be many sources of liability for an accident if a child falls through a window. According to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development“In all buildings with three or more apartments, New York City (NYC) law requires building owners to install window guards if a child 10 years of age or younger lives there, or if window guards are required by the tenant or occupant for any reason.” the reasons.” If the window lacks proper guards and a child falls through that window, this may form the basis of a negligence claim. There are several steps to take after any window fall accident.
- Eyewitnesses must be interviewed.
- Medical records must be maintained.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A comprehensive investigation should be conducted.
It can be hard to know where to start after a fatal accident. To make matters worse, building owners often go to great lengths to deny liability if anyone on their property is injured. However, many windows fall involve some degree of negligence. The family of any child who died in a falling window may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim.
Investigating the Brooklyn Window Fall Incidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, PC extend our best wishes to the family of the child who died in this East Flatbush accident. Anyone with additional information about what happened should contact the police. We sincerely hope that steps will be taken to prevent further tragedies like this.
Have you or someone you care about been hurt in a falling window accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys is here to answer any questions you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that these rights are protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any accident, we are here for you. You can contact us at any time (516) 908-9792.